Airbus, ESA, Voyager Space Plan Starlab, an Alternative to International Space Station

November 10, 2023 @ 10:59 AM

The European Space Agency (ESA), Airbus Defence and Space, and Voyager Space have officially joined forces with the signing of a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the ESA Space Summit in Seville. The agreement solidifies their commitment to collaborating on the development and utilization of the Starlab space station, marking...

Northrop to Build 38 Data Transport Satellites in Space Development Agency's Next...

October 31, 2023 @ 11:58 AM

The Space Development Agency (SDA) has awarded Northrop Grumman a $732 million contract to design and build 38 data transport satellites for the Tranche 2 Transport Layer – Alpha (T2TL-Alpha) project, part of the SDA's Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA) in low-Earth orbit. This award follows a previous one in August...

Two Indian Start-ups Partner U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Space Technologies...

October 26, 2023 @ 05:24 AM

In a historic first, two Indian startups, 114AI, an artificial intelligence firm that develops dual-use software for domain awareness, and 3rd ITECH, India's sole image sensor company, will partner with the Air Force Research Lab's Space Vehicles Directorate. This is the first time that AFRL will work with non-U

Iran Launches Noor-3 Military Satellite into Orbit

October 5, 2023 @ 06:26 AM

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards of Iran (IRGC) has declared a successful launch of the Noor-3 military satellite into outer space, marking the third successful orbit achieved. Iranian Communications Minister Isa Zarepour was quoted as saying by state media that Iran's aerospace division had placed Noor-3 in orbit at an altitude of...

Azerbaijan’s Space Agency Buys Israeli Satellites

October 4, 2023 @ 07:33 AM

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Azerbaijan's space agency, Azercosmos, have announced an agreement for the sale of two of IAI's multispectral electro-optical satellites. The satellites offer a native resolution better than 0

Engine Malfunction Caused Crash of Russia's Luna Spacecraft on Moon's Surface

October 3, 2023 @ 11:48 AM

The Russian Luna-25 spacecraft's crash on the Moon's surface in August has been attributed to an engine malfunction due to the abnormal functioning of the on-board control complex. The spacecraft, which marked Russia's first lunar mission in modern history, experienced a critical failure during its descent and ultimately collided with the lunar surface on August 19, 2023

Japanese Tech Firm to Develop Satellite for On-orbit Refueling, Space Debris Removal

September 25, 2023 @ 07:37 AM

Astroscale Holdings Inc., a Japanese startup headquartered in Tokyo since its inception in 2013, announced on Friday that it secured a $25

Pentagon Acquires Control of Starlink Satellites Operating Over Ukraine

September 14, 2023 @ 11:46 AM

The Pentagon has received control of a portion of Starlink satellite communication terminals used by the Defense Forces, with Elon Musk facilitating the transfer. This revelation comes from Musk's biographer, Walter Isaacson, as reported in

Northrop Grumman’s GEM Solid Rocket Motors Help Launch 'National Security Payload’

September 11, 2023 @ 05:44 AM

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V today successfully launched a 'national security payload' with the assistance of five Graphite Epoxy Motor (GEM 63) solid rocket boosters, manufactured by Northrop Grumman. They are designated as

Roscosmos Plans to Launch 130 Satellites for the 'Sphere' Internet Service

September 8, 2023 @ 07:21 AM

Information Satellite Systems Company 'Reshetnev,' a division of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, has secured a state contract to manufacture more than 130 Marathon satellites, an essential component of the Sphere federal project. These satellites will be part of the Marathon IoT global low-orbit multi-satellite data transmission system, according to Roscosmos

Japanese Rocket Launches Moon Lander, X-ray Imaging Satellite

September 7, 2023 @ 09:05 AM

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched X-ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM) and the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) on H-IIA F47 from Tanegashima Space Center on September 7, 2023. The launch proceeded as planned, with XRISM separating from the launch vehicle approximately 14 minutes and 9 seconds after liftoff, followed by SLIM at about 47 minutes and 33 seconds after launch, according to a statement from JAXA

Putin Orders Roscosmos to Set up Starlink-like Low-earth Satellite Network

August 26, 2023 @ 03:20 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed space agency Roscosmos and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) to present proposals for creating extremely low-earth orbiting satellites by December 1 this year. The satellite constellation is intended to rival Elon Musk-owned SpaceX's Starlink that is being used by Ukrainian forces for encrypted broadband internet enabling secure battlefield communication